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November 21, 2018

Relocation Depression is a Real Thing

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Real conversation here. Moving to Dallas to a new home is nerve-racking given the ideal circumstances. You're leaving your house--where you have made a life for yourself as well as your loved ones--and beginning once again in a unfamiliar location. Sure, the move alone is exciting--an adrenaline rush that goes on for weeks during the time you discover a new residence, pack up the previous one, and get settled with your loved ones in their new schedules. 
However after the boxes are unpacked and you have established the best path to the dry cleaners, the new fact sets in--you are in a new place, and your friends and social life are back in your old area--the spot you at present consider as "home". And everything seems awry--there is a sense of being misplaced, and you are uncertain whether it's an actual or mental place, but it's just not right. It is not home.

These kind of warning signs might be beyond the post-move blues. It's possible that you may have something called "relocation depression". Relocation depression is a real thing--the beginning is after pretty much all the craziness of the move disperses--and should be given serious attention and treated in the event that you are unable to shake it by yourself.  

Symptoms to Watch For

These are generally some of the warning signs to look out for, the occurrence of some of these over a couple of week period signifies it is time to get some professional help. 

You Can't Get Out of Bed 

And once you do, you are fatigued and truly don't have the strength to get through the day. Sleeplessness can be another sign of depression; you may be worn out constantly, but you are unable to go to sleep. Or you can sleep--twelve hours at a time and you are still drained. 

Decrease of Interest in Anything 

In your old house or town, you had your schedule along with your stuff--work, buddies, hobbies--that filled your weeks. Nowadays, you've got work, but your friends couldn't come with you and it's hard to get excited about your hobbies if, much like a third-grader, you don't have anyone to play with. Grownups needs buddies too, so do not feel bad or guilty that you happen to be a tad lonesome. 

In the event you just can't get focused on anything--hobbies, your job, finding new pals, interacting with family--likelihood is it's really a symptom of depression. Combined with the blahs comes the inability to concentrate--if something could capture your consideration, it wouldn't keep going but a couple of minutes and you would zone out. 

Reluctance to Leave your Home 

The new house is your refuge, and you simply wouldn't like to leave it. Let's be honest, you've got TV shows for binging, and your social network to check. Social media is often a double-edged sword because it enables you to keep up with acquaintances, but it can also aid and abet in your keeping in rather than finding new friends.  

How to Overcome Relocation Depression

There are certain things you can do to remove the haze, so attempt these and determine if you feel better. 

Get Some Exercise--Active folks feel healthier, so get out and just walk a couple of times each day. For those who have a dog this is a built-in justification to get outside. Build up that outdoors time daily. 

Cut Back or Do away with Alcohol--This is a depressant, therefore it is advisable to stay away from it until you are feeling better. 

Talk with People--Take a class or join a newcomers group. Volunteer--extra hands and capabilities are frequently welcome. Just one or two new contacts creates a big difference. 

Check out Something New--Go to galleries, coffee houses, theater, restaurants--explore your new area and get to know it. Being busy is like exercise--it keeps the excitement moving along and you should have more energy. 

In case these home remedies don't help, locate a counselor. Relocation depression is no joke, and not dealt with, will get out of hand into something even worse. You know yourself better than anyone, and if things aren't quite right, focus on your body and mind. Moving to Dallas is considered one of life's most traumatic occurrences, nevertheless it does not have to be a reason for unhappiness or depression.


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